Sep 28

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

 

 

parent meeting

NEW! Thanks to all that attending our Annual Parent Meeting last night! We appreciate YOU!

anything goesREMINDER! Allegros Informational meeting, regarding this year’s musical, “Anything Goes” will be on Tuesday, October 4th at 3pm in the choir room!  Clear your schedules for this one folks!

 

cookout

REMINDER! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!

Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!

NEW: MORE PICS! CLICK HERE!

NEW! Even MORE pics! https://goo.gl/photos/CJNhTdVcsiYGHejt7

 

coupon book

ORDERS AND $ DUES TODAY (WED)! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

REMINDER!! PAST DUE NOW!

There are two forms that you should have turned in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they were due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th. Beginning LAST WEEK WED, you began losing one point per day per missing item! 

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you had difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, you were supposed to have have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

Here is the list of people that still need to turn in forms/fees:

(as of Tuesday, 9/26 at 1:45pm. We did NOT update this yesterday)

 

Choir Last Name First Name What’s Missing?
Treble Alderman Haley Money
Treble Baker Morgan Contract, Emer.
Treble Burkall Amanda Contract, Emer.
Treble Carter-Kimble Kera Money
Treble Dewey Kayleigh Money
Treble Fagan Rhianna Money
Treble Farr Shea Money
Treble Flowers Peighton Money
Treble Hunt Sam Contract, Money
Treble Kondarors Jillian All
Treble Ogle Kennedi Money
Treble Ostrander Madison All
Treble Skeans Maria Money
Treble Smith Lauren Money
Treble Sones Myeesha Money
Treble Swiatek Makayla All
Anchormen Fletcher Christian Contract, Emer.
Anchormen Franklin Hunter Money
Anchormen Harter Brendan All
Anchormen Kidder Kaleb All
Singers Antcliff Mandi Money
Singers Towers Isaac All
Acappella Dakin Erica Money
Acappella Hinton Aryn All
Acappella Moore Kiersten Money
Acappella Rule Lyn Money
Acappella VanDusen Nadia 1/2 Money

 

 

helmscover1

SIGN UP TO “SCARE PEOPLE” LINK: Here is the link for signing up to SCARE PEOPLE (and make $) at the Haunted Hall!

CLICK HERE: Haunted Hall sign-up – 2016

REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 26

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

 

Student Executive Board

REMINDER-TODAY! Hey CSEB!

We’re having a meeting (TODAY) Tuesday at 3pm in the choir room. Please let me (Kara Green) or Charles know if you can’t make it.

Thanks!

parent meeting

REMINDER=TONIGHT! Tonight is our (one and only) annual Mona Shores Choir Association (Parent) Meeting. It will be at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center (Auditorium). Please plan to attend (students can, but do not need to, attend).

anything goesREMINDER! Allegros Informational meeting, regarding this year’s musical, “Anything Goes” will be on Tuesday, October 4th at 3pm in the choir room!  Clear your schedules for this one folks!

download

LAST DAY TODAY! Vote for Dee Davis, Pass Rusher for MSHS-Voting runs through 5 p.m. TOMORROW (Tuesday, Sept. 27), and fans can vote once an hour.

Follow this link: https://goo.gl/6jwHSq

 

cookout

REMINDER! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!

Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!

NEW: MORE PICS! CLICK HERE!

NEW! Even MORE pics! https://goo.gl/photos/CJNhTdVcsiYGHejt7

 

coupon book

ORDERS AND $ DUES TOMORROW (WED)! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

REMINDER!! PAST DUE NOW!

There are two forms that you should have turned in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they were due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th. Beginning LAST WEEK WED, you began losing one point per day per missing item! 

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you had difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, you were supposed to have have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

Here is the list of people that still need to turn in forms/fees:

(as of Tuesday, 9/26 at 1:45pm)

 

Choir Last Name First Name What’s Missing?
Treble Alderman Haley Money
Treble Baker Morgan Contract, Emer.
Treble Burkall Amanda Contract, Emer.
Treble Carter-Kimble Kera Money
Treble Dewey Kayleigh Money
Treble Fagan Rhianna Money
Treble Farr Shea Money
Treble Flowers Peighton Money
Treble Hunt Sam Contract, Money
Treble Kondarors Jillian All
Treble Ogle Kennedi Money
Treble Ostrander Madison All
Treble Skeans Maria Money
Treble Smith Lauren Money
Treble Sones Myeesha Money
Treble Swiatek Makayla All
Anchormen Fletcher Christian Contract, Emer.
Anchormen Franklin Hunter Money
Anchormen Harter Brendan All
Anchormen Kidder Kaleb All
Singers Antcliff Mandi Money
Singers Towers Isaac All
Acappella Dakin Erica Money
Acappella Hinton Aryn All
Acappella Moore Kiersten Money
Acappella Rule Lyn Money
Acappella VanDusen Nadia 1/2 Money

 

 

helmscover1

SIGN UP TO “SCARE PEOPLE” LINK: Here is the link for signing up to SCARE PEOPLE (and make $) at the Haunted Hall!

CLICK HERE: Haunted Hall sign-up – 2016

REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 26

Monday, September 26, 2016

 

Student Executive Board

NEW! Hey CSEB!

We’re having a meeting this Tuesday at 3pm in the choir room. Please let me (Kara Green) or Charles know if you can’t make it.

Thanks!

parent meeting

NEW! Tomorrow night is our (one and only) annual Mona Shores Choir Association (Parent) Meeting. It will be at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center (Auditorium). Please plan to attend (students can, but do not need to, attend).

anything goesNEW! Allegros Informational meeting, regarding this year’s musical, “Anything Goes” will be on Tuesday, October 4th at 3pm in the choir room!  Clear your schedules for this one folks!

download

NEW! Vote for Dee Davis, Pass Rusher for MSHS-Voting runs through 5 p.m. TOMORROW (Tuesday, Sept. 27), and fans can vote once an hour.

Follow this link: https://goo.gl/6jwHSq

 

cookout

REMINDER! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!

Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!

NEW: MORE PICS! CLICK HERE!

 

 

coupon book

ORDERS AND $ DUES THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

REMINDER!! PAST DUE NOW!

There are two forms that you should have turned in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they were due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th. Beginning LAST WEEK WED, you began losing one point per day per missing item! 

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you had difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, you were supposed to have have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

helmscover1

NEW! Here is the link for signing up to SCARE PEOPLE (and make $) at the Haunted Hall!

CLICK HERE: Haunted Hall sign-up – 2016

REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

 

REMINDER!! The following students did not stop by and pick up their choir uniform during early registration. According to the welcome back letter I sent along with the packet this summer, failure to do so will result in -5 points on your grade unless you contacted my via email or my school phone, dropped choir or in the rare occasion that you joined choir after my packet was mailed to you. Here is what the letter stated specifically:

 REQUIRED UNIFORM FITTING AT EARLY REGISTRATION: The MSHS early registration event is coming up soon (see dates/times below) and one of the stations you will need to stop in during this process is for the choir. We will be located in the dance room (near the back hallway of the theater) and you will get fitted for and receive your choir uniform and you will get fitted for and order your choir uniform shoes (Band students can wear their band shoes for choir). We have a group of parents that have volunteered their time to fit all 275 of you during this time. Last year, even though students attended early registration occasionally they chose not to stop by and get their choir uniform. This creates loads of extra work for parents who need to come up again after the school year has started and fit students individually, hour by hour. If you do not pick up your uniform during early registration, your grade will be penalized by 5 points right off the bat! If you have a good reason to miss early registration please email me at: lawtons@monashores.net or call me at (231) 780-4711 ext. 8319 (you can leave a message) and let me know you will not be there so we will expect your absence and you will not lose points. 

UPDATED! Here is a list of the “missing” people.

 

 Anchormen: Kaleb Kidder

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 22

Friday, September 23, 2016

men's choir

NEW! Thanks to all the guys who came out for the newly forming guy’s ensemble. Congratulations to the following men:

Tenor One

Griffin Amhrein

Alex Forrest

Jacob Rausch

Tenor Two

Alex Dykema

Bricio Eikenberry

Isaac Varela

Baritone

Gabe Fox

Michael Kramer

Liam Wilcox

Bass

Caleb Diller

Tommy Newman

Ethan Scissons

 

Student Executive Board

NEW! Hey CSEB!

We’re having a meeting this Tuesday at 3pm in the choir room. Please let me (Kara Green) or Charles know if you can’t make it.

Thanks!

download

NEW! Vote for Dee Davis, Pass Rusher for MSHS-You can vote once each hour:

Follow this link: https://goo.gl/6jwHSq

cookout

REMINDER! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!

Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!

 

coupon book

REMINDER! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

REMINDER!! PAST DUE NOW!

There are two forms that you should have turned in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they were due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th. Beginning TODAY (WED), you will lose one point per day per missing item! 

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you had difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, you were supposed to have have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

helmscover1

NEW! Here is the link for signing up to SCARE PEOPLE (and make $) at the Haunted Hall!

CLICK HERE: Haunted Hall sign-up – 2016

REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

 

 

REMINDER!! The following students did not stop by and pick up their choir uniform during early registration. According to the welcome back letter I sent along with the packet this summer, failure to do so will result in -5 points on your grade unless you contacted my via email or my school phone, dropped choir or in the rare occasion that you joined choir after my packet was mailed to you. Here is what the letter stated specifically:

 REQUIRED UNIFORM FITTING AT EARLY REGISTRATION: The MSHS early registration event is coming up soon (see dates/times below) and one of the stations you will need to stop in during this process is for the choir. We will be located in the dance room (near the back hallway of the theater) and you will get fitted for and receive your choir uniform and you will get fitted for and order your choir uniform shoes (Band students can wear their band shoes for choir). We have a group of parents that have volunteered their time to fit all 275 of you during this time. Last year, even though students attended early registration occasionally they chose not to stop by and get their choir uniform. This creates loads of extra work for parents who need to come up again after the school year has started and fit students individually, hour by hour. If you do not pick up your uniform during early registration, your grade will be penalized by 5 points right off the bat! If you have a good reason to miss early registration please email me at: lawtons@monashores.net or call me at (231) 780-4711 ext. 8319 (you can leave a message) and let me know you will not be there so we will expect your absence and you will not lose points. 

UPDATED! Here is a list of the “missing” people.

 

 Anchormen: Kaleb Kidder

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 22

Thursday, September 22, 2016

download

Vote for Dee Davis, Pass Rusher for MSHS-You can vote once each hour:

https://goo.gl/6jwHSq

cookout

REMINDER! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!

Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!

 

coupon book

REMINDER-You CAN bring in your sales to get filled TOMORROW! Any one who wants to bring in their money on THURSDAY this week, we will immediately exchange your money for books and you can deliver them to your customers immediately! No need to wait until the “official” delivery date, as I have a few boxes of them right now.

REMINDER! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

guys-octet-2.jpg

REMINDER! Auditions for the guy’s ensemble will be this week Thursday, after school, in the choir room. Pick up the music on the black table in the front of the choir room.

REMINDER!! PAST DUE NOW!

There are two forms that you should have turned in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they were due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th. Beginning TODAY (WED), you will lose one point per day per missing item! 

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you had difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, you were supposed to have have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

helmscover1

NEW! Here is the link for signing up to SCARE PEOPLE (and make $) at the Haunted Hall!

 

REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

 

 

REMINDER!! The following students did not stop by and pick up their choir uniform during early registration. According to the welcome back letter I sent along with the packet this summer, failure to do so will result in -5 points on your grade unless you contacted my via email or my school phone, dropped choir or in the rare occasion that you joined choir after my packet was mailed to you. Here is what the letter stated specifically:

 REQUIRED UNIFORM FITTING AT EARLY REGISTRATION: The MSHS early registration event is coming up soon (see dates/times below) and one of the stations you will need to stop in during this process is for the choir. We will be located in the dance room (near the back hallway of the theater) and you will get fitted for and receive your choir uniform and you will get fitted for and order your choir uniform shoes (Band students can wear their band shoes for choir). We have a group of parents that have volunteered their time to fit all 275 of you during this time. Last year, even though students attended early registration occasionally they chose not to stop by and get their choir uniform. This creates loads of extra work for parents who need to come up again after the school year has started and fit students individually, hour by hour. If you do not pick up your uniform during early registration, your grade will be penalized by 5 points right off the bat! If you have a good reason to miss early registration please email me at: lawtons@monashores.net or call me at (231) 780-4711 ext. 8319 (you can leave a message) and let me know you will not be there so we will expect your absence and you will not lose points. 

UPDATED! Here is a list of the “missing” people.

 

Singers:  Claudia Schaafsma

 Anchormen: Kaleb Kidder

Treble: Minju Cho

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 20

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

download

Vote for Dee Davis, Pass Rusher for MSHS-You can vote once each hour:

https://goo.gl/6jwHSq

cookout

REMINDER! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!

Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!

 

coupon book

REMINDER-You CAN bring in your sales to get filled TOMORROW! Any one who wants to bring in their money on THURSDAY this week, we will immediately exchange your money for books and you can deliver them to your customers immediately! No need to wait until the “official” delivery date, as I have a few boxes of them right now.

REMINDER! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

guys-octet-2.jpg

REMINDER! Auditions for the guy’s ensemble will be this week Thursday, after school, in the choir room. Pick up the music on the black table in the front of the choir room.

REMINDER!! PAST DUE NOW!

There are two forms that you should have turned in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they were due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th. Beginning TODAY (WED), you will lose one point per day per missing item! 

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you had difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, you were supposed to have have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

helmscover1

NEW! Here is the link for signing up to SCARE PEOPLE (and make $) at the Haunted Hall!

 

REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

 

 

REMINDER!! The following students did not stop by and pick up their choir uniform during early registration. According to the welcome back letter I sent along with the packet this summer, failure to do so will result in -5 points on your grade unless you contacted my via email or my school phone, dropped choir or in the rare occasion that you joined choir after my packet was mailed to you. Here is what the letter stated specifically:

 REQUIRED UNIFORM FITTING AT EARLY REGISTRATION: The MSHS early registration event is coming up soon (see dates/times below) and one of the stations you will need to stop in during this process is for the choir. We will be located in the dance room (near the back hallway of the theater) and you will get fitted for and receive your choir uniform and you will get fitted for and order your choir uniform shoes (Band students can wear their band shoes for choir). We have a group of parents that have volunteered their time to fit all 275 of you during this time. Last year, even though students attended early registration occasionally they chose not to stop by and get their choir uniform. This creates loads of extra work for parents who need to come up again after the school year has started and fit students individually, hour by hour. If you do not pick up your uniform during early registration, your grade will be penalized by 5 points right off the bat! If you have a good reason to miss early registration please email me at: lawtons@monashores.net or call me at (231) 780-4711 ext. 8319 (you can leave a message) and let me know you will not be there so we will expect your absence and you will not lose points. 

UPDATED! Here is a list of the “missing” people.

 

Singers:  Claudia Schaafsma

 Anchormen: Kaleb Kidder

Treble: Minju Cho

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 19

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

cookout

REMINDER! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!

Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!

 

coupon book

NEW! Any one who wants to bring in their money on THURSDAY this week, we will immediately exchange your money for books and you can deliver them to your customers immediately! No need to wait until the “official” delivery date, as I have a few boxes of them right now.

REMINDER! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

guys-octet-2.jpg

REMINDER! Auditions for the guy’s ensemble will be this week Thursday, after school, in the choir room.

REMINDER!! FINAL DEADLINE TODAY!

There are two forms that you MUST turn in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they are due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th.

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you have difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, please have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

helmscover1

REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

 
The getting signed up link (for scaring!) will be available around Sept. 11th. 

 

REMINDER!! The following students did not stop by and pick up their choir uniform during early registration. According to the welcome back letter I sent along with the packet this summer, failure to do so will result in -5 points on your grade unless you contacted my via email or my school phone, dropped choir or in the rare occasion that you joined choir after my packet was mailed to you. Here is what the letter stated specifically:

 REQUIRED UNIFORM FITTING AT EARLY REGISTRATION: The MSHS early registration event is coming up soon (see dates/times below) and one of the stations you will need to stop in during this process is for the choir. We will be located in the dance room (near the back hallway of the theater) and you will get fitted for and receive your choir uniform and you will get fitted for and order your choir uniform shoes (Band students can wear their band shoes for choir). We have a group of parents that have volunteered their time to fit all 275 of you during this time. Last year, even though students attended early registration occasionally they chose not to stop by and get their choir uniform. This creates loads of extra work for parents who need to come up again after the school year has started and fit students individually, hour by hour. If you do not pick up your uniform during early registration, your grade will be penalized by 5 points right off the bat! If you have a good reason to miss early registration please email me at: lawtons@monashores.net or call me at (231) 780-4711 ext. 8319 (you can leave a message) and let me know you will not be there so we will expect your absence and you will not lose points. 

Here is a list of the “missing” people.

 

Singers:  Claudia Schaafsma

Acappella:

                     Kiersten Moore

 

Anchormen:  Brendon Freeman

                         Alec Gaskin

                        Brendan Harter

                         Kaleb Kidder

Treble:

              Trinity Bradford

              Cheyene Clark

              Rebecca Evans

              Shea Farr

              Gabriela Sanchez del Pozo Clark

              Destiny Uhl

 See me TODAY if you think this is an error. An error would be you did contact me prior to registration, you did join choir late or you actually did get a uniform and we have made a mistake!

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 15

Monday, September 19, 2016

cookout

NEW! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!

 

Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!

coupon book

REMINDER! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

guys-octet-2.jpg

REMINDER! Auditions for the guy’s ensemble will be this week Thursday, after school, in the choir room.

REMINDER!! FINAL DEADLINE TOMORROW!

There are two forms that you MUST turn in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they are due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th.

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you have difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, please have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

helmscover1

REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

 
The getting signed up link (for scaring!) will be available around Sept. 11th. 

 

REMINDER!! The following students did not stop by and pick up their choir uniform during early registration. According to the welcome back letter I sent along with the packet this summer, failure to do so will result in -5 points on your grade unless you contacted my via email or my school phone, dropped choir or in the rare occasion that you joined choir after my packet was mailed to you. Here is what the letter stated specifically:

 REQUIRED UNIFORM FITTING AT EARLY REGISTRATION: The MSHS early registration event is coming up soon (see dates/times below) and one of the stations you will need to stop in during this process is for the choir. We will be located in the dance room (near the back hallway of the theater) and you will get fitted for and receive your choir uniform and you will get fitted for and order your choir uniform shoes (Band students can wear their band shoes for choir). We have a group of parents that have volunteered their time to fit all 275 of you during this time. Last year, even though students attended early registration occasionally they chose not to stop by and get their choir uniform. This creates loads of extra work for parents who need to come up again after the school year has started and fit students individually, hour by hour. If you do not pick up your uniform during early registration, your grade will be penalized by 5 points right off the bat! If you have a good reason to miss early registration please email me at: lawtons@monashores.net or call me at (231) 780-4711 ext. 8319 (you can leave a message) and let me know you will not be there so we will expect your absence and you will not lose points. 

Here is a list of the “missing” people.

 

Singers:  Claudia Schaafsma

Acappella:

                     Kiersten Moore

 

Anchormen:  Brendon Freeman

                         Alec Gaskin

                        Brendan Harter

                         Kaleb Kidder

Treble:

              Trinity Bradford

              Cheyene Clark

              Rebecca Evans

              Shea Farr

              Gabriela Sanchez del Pozo Clark

              Destiny Uhl

 See me TODAY if you think this is an error. An error would be you did contact me prior to registration, you did join choir late or you actually did get a uniform and we have made a mistake!

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 14

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Student Executive Board

NEW! Congratulations to the following seniors who were assigned leadership roles within the Choir Student Executive Board during yesterday’s meeting:

Kara Green-President

Charles Poole III-Secretary

Helena Gryzenia-Coffee House Chairperson

Camry Burks-Dynamic Duos Chairperson

cookout

REMINDER…COOKOUT THIS SUNDAY! The annual social event of the season is upon us once again…The fall Choir Cookout is this Sunday, September 18th from 3pm-5pm at the Mona Lake Boat Club Pavillion. Stop in and enjoy free food, flowing conversation, even toss a frisbee or play Capture the Flag if your little heart desires.

 

NEW! Here is a map of how to get there:

MONA LAKE BOAT CLUB MAP

NEW! If you didn’t sign up, but would like to attend, you can simply show up! We will have enough food (unless 50 of you decide to do this!)

Weather for Sunday: Currently calling for high of 73 and partly sunny skies. Perfect for our event!

 

 

coupon book

REMINDER! Yesterday we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).

All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.

Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir

There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.

Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds.  We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.

Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!

Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir

Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96

Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200

Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95

Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764

Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61

Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15

Pop Program Printing $1,170.30

Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350

Poster design-Allegros musical -$125

Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84

Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211

Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)

Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)

Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03

Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00

Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20

Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607

Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700

These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!

We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:

A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).

A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)

Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold

(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)

Thanks for your support!

 

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REMINDER! Hello, this is Alex Forrest and Liam! We are going to be starting a Men’s Choral Group. It will be an 8-16 person sized group and and we plan on being a high caliber choir. Mr. Lawton will be involved with auditions, conducting, and possibly more, but we will be learning notes on our own. We are going to place a signup sheet in the choir room on the cabinets, please sign up if you are interested by Wednesday at 3:00. Auditions are going to be held, and the audition song will be announced, once we get an idea of how many people are auditioning. Thank you!

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NEW! We need to sign up for our voice parts today. Don’t let me forget (Treble Choir Only…we need to split into Alto One and Alto Two).

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LAST DAY TOMORROW! Hey friends!  Follow @thesailorslog on Instagram and Twitter by Friday (September 16) for a chance to be randomly selected to win a free yearbook! One winner will be selected from Instagram and one winner will be selected from Twitter. On the The Sailors’ Log’s Instagram you can find pictures of students (possibly even you) and story sneak peaks. The Sailors’ Log’s Twitter page provides easy links to our stories.

Thank you and good luck!

 

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REMINDER! If you missed the NYC meeting that was held on Friday after school, see me to pick up the info you need!

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REMINDER! Does anyone have a voice contract to turn in today? Mrs. Twining will be in to the morning classes soon!

 

REMINDER!!  Forms Due!

There are two forms that you MUST turn in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they are due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th.

There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).

If you have difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, please have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!

 For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!

 

 

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REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!

I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”

We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.

This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.

At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.

There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.

 

UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!

Construction dates until further notice: 

  • Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm

  • Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice! 

(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)

 Reminders:

  • Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!

  • Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)

  • Wear closed toe shoes!

  • Wear clothing that can get paint on them.

  • Bring a water bottle!

  • If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)

Let me know if you have more questions!

 
The getting signed up link (for scaring!) will be available around Sept. 11th. 

 

REMINDER!! The following students did not stop by and pick up their choir uniform during early registration. According to the welcome back letter I sent along with the packet this summer, failure to do so will result in -5 points on your grade unless you contacted my via email or my school phone, dropped choir or in the rare occasion that you joined choir after my packet was mailed to you. Here is what the letter stated specifically:

 REQUIRED UNIFORM FITTING AT EARLY REGISTARTION: The MSHS early registration event is coming up soon (see dates/times below) and one of the stations you will need to stop in during this process is for the choir. We will be located in the dance room (near the back hallway of the theater) and you will get fitted for and receive your choir uniform and you will get fitted for and order your choir uniform shoes (Band students can wear their band shoes for choir). We have a group of parents that have volunteered their time to fit all 275 of you during this time. Last year, even though students attended early registration occasionally they chose not to stop by and get their choir uniform. This creates loads of extra work for parents who need to come up again after the school year has started and fit students individually, hour by hour. If you do not pick up your uniform during early registration, your grade will be penalized by 5 points right off the bat! If you have a good reason to miss early registration please email me at: lawtons@monashores.net or call me at (231) 780-4711 ext. 8319 (you can leave a message) and let me know you will not be there so we will expect your absence and you will not lose points. 

Here is a list of the “missing” people.

 

Singers:  Claudia Schaafsma

Acappella:

                     Kiersten Moore

 

Anchormen:  Brendon Freeman

                         Alec Gaskin

                        Brendan Harter

                         Kaleb Kidder

Treble:

              Trinity Bradford

              Cheyene Clark

              Rebecca Evans

              Shea Farr

              Gabriela Sanchez del Pozo Clark

              Destiny Uhl

 See me TODAY if you think this is an error. An error would be you did contact me prior to registration, you did join choir late or you actually did get a uniform and we have made a mistake!

REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.

2016-2017 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th. 

SCRIP ORDER FORM AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is a scrip order form for your convenience and information.

Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15

HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)

CLICK HERE: Scrip Explanation, Guidelines and Rules (updated Sept. 2013)

Sep 13

Choir Student Executive Board Results 2016-2017

Student Executive Board

NEW! Let me say first that I loved watching all of your videos. I laughed, cried…it was touching, heart warming and uplifting. You were well spoken, real, sometimes clumsy and awkward, hilarious and honest. I thank you all for that!  I’m truly sorry there simply isn’t room for all of you!

Based upon the popular vote of each class, along with my own recommendations, this year’s choir board is:

SINGERS

ACAPPELLA

ANCHORMEN

TREBLE CHOIR

Griffin AmRhein

Camry Burks

Reece Hamilton

Asley Melton

Alex Forrest

Kate Olson

Timmy Schneider

Raine Jackson

Kara Green

Emily Mann

Helena Gryzenia

Savannah Kendra

Charles Poole III

Isaac Varela

Liam Wilcox

Don’t forget, we have a meeting tomorrow, which includes planning our cookout for Sunday! 

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